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the leading association for the power transmission/motion control industrial distribution channel, bringing together distributors and manufacturers.

Events | Canadian Conference | Education Sessions

PTDA Canadian Conference



Opening Keynote
Wednesday, June 7 | 9:30-10:30 am
Gauging the Risks Going Forward Into 2023−2024
Jeremy Bess, Economist, ITR Economics

Global economies are enduring turbulent times. Inflation, interest rates, consumer activity, labor shortages, market gyrations, COVID-echoes, war and simplistic and often contradictory headlines continue to bombard us. Bess of ITR Economics, publishers of the popular PTDA Market Forecast Report, will provide a data-driven analysis of the trends, glimpsing what to expect for PT/MC-relevant industries. You’ll hear ITR’s clear analysis and outlook for Canada compared to the U.S., helping you plan for a more prosperous future. Bess will highlight:

  • The general economy and a broad view into Canada’s industrial economy through the second half of 2023 and through 2024, with analysis of risks to the forecast
  • What to expect for commodity prices and inflation in general
  • How interest rate trends may change and what that would mean for businesses
  • Consumers’ financial health and why it matters
  • Changes in supply chain trends
  • Trends in labor
  • How to create personal wealth in these market conditions
  • How to protect profits given the forecast for 2023−2024

PTDA Foundation Keynote
Wednesday, June 7 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Global Power of One
Lesra Martin, Attorney and Motivational Speaker

This acclaimed lawyer helped bring about the release of boxer, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Martin is an inspiring example of the power in each of us to make a difference. Functionally illiterate, Martin realized that in order to achieve his dream of attending university, he would need to learn to read and write. Through his inspirational talk you’ll discover that at the crossroads of success and sacrifice lies power and strength in adversity.

Leadership Enhancement Workshop
Thursday, June 8 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Leading in the “Now” and Getting Ready for the “Next”!
Lee-Anne McAlear, Fortune 500 Innovation Specialist

Today, every leader is experiencing never-ending waves of change. Effective leaders understand that not only does change have different levels, but people experience those levels in diverse ways. Building on her decades of experience, McAlear will explore best change practices and “next” changes practices, including the impact of active leadership engagement on productivity, creativity and innovation and how to support and stimulate your employees’ creative behaviors and innovative outputs.

Executive Leaders Roundtables*
Thursday, June 8 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mike Allen
President, Applied Industrial Technologies Canada
Scott Taylor
VP Industrial OE and Distribution, Schaeffler Canada Inc.

The session begins with individual reflection of relevant business challenges followed by group conversation. The second half will include small group discussion of current industry trends and issues.
*By invitation only

Closing Keynote
Thursday, June 8 | 8:00 – 9:00 am
Transforming Your Teams with Compassion & Empathy
Amie Archibald-Varley, Registered Nurse and Director of Multimedia at CanadiEM, and Co-host, “Gritty Nurse Podcast”

Despite leaving the pandemic in the rearview mirror, its effects on mental health are lasting. More than ever, leaders must commit to creating environments that are supportive, inspiring and attractive. As a healthcare and health equity advocate and host of the number two ranked Apple Podcast in Medicine for Canada, Amie will share how you can assess the current state of your organization and lead with compassion and empathy, offering useful approaches to transforming and restoring employees mental health, satisfaction and productivity.


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